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Exposure Date: 2010:08:21 16:06:05;
Make: LEICA;
Model: D-LUX 3;
ExposureTime: 1/40 s;
FNumber: f/2.8;
ISOSpeedRatings: 400;
ExposureProgram: Normal program;
ExposureBiasValue: -33/100;
MeteringMode: CenterWeightedAverage;
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode;
FocalLength: 6.3 mm;
Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 Macintosh;


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I like the different shapes and forms, forming the background; it gives a 'plural' feeling while the tonality is not that different. It also nicely contrasts with the sole person (in my idea, more as a mathematical background versus a human foreground, if that makes any sense).

Also as a "whole" it works - I spotted this photo via the thumbnails under threads, and it immediately draw attention. Which, given the relatively low contrast and high key (at least on this screen!) is quite remarkable, I think.

Strong composition, I much like it.

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Wouter, many thanks for your comments.  I am glad you like the image. The mathematical or graphic background is a good comment. It relates to but is mainly detached from the person. That's probably a characteristic that accompanies a lot of my people photography, where I have yet to have the confidence to get close to the subject, and I often present them with a rather austere or mechanical background. While I'm comfortable with the distant approach (reflections on man and his surroundings), for the moment I think it has limits. 

 

 

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Wouter, thanks for your comments, which are quite in line with my thoughts when printing this (any thoughts I had during exposure were simply related to the general scene, my interest for architecture, and the sudden appearance of the lady, but that happened very quickly and not so consciously). I found the shadows good allies in printing in that they seemed to provide some physical resistance to the apparently tired lady (the road, rue Ste-Famille in the Latin Quarter of Vieux Québec, is on an incline).

 

Sorry for being so late responding, but I don't get to my portfolio very often and thanks for your comment about the fact that the thumbnail yielded enough interest to see further. I also like the fact of the thumbnails at the bottom of the forum texts, as they give more insight into those of us who discuss things more with words than our images. It is haphazard and slow to review so many of them, but I often follow them to find out more about the photographer.

 

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Arthur -- Came across this in the POP forum related to the thread on "backgrounds".   I'm glad I came across it (I've visited your portfolio on mayn occasions but for some reason missed this particular photo).  The weight and immensity of the structure in the background is a great counterpoint and emphasis of the woman's weary walk up the incline. 

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